Not everyone happy with lyrics to anthem

14th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Spaniards claim new lyrics for national anthem hit a bum note.

14 January 2008

MADRID - Spaniards could soon find themselves with more to do than merely hum along when the national anthem is played, after the Spanish Olympic Committee announced Friday that it has chosen lyrics for the 250-year-old tune known as the Royal March.

After receiving more than 2,000 suggestions from people across the country, a panel of judges set up by the committee said it has settled on a proposal by Paulino Cubero, a 52-year-old unemployed Madrid resident.

Beginning with the words Viva España!, Cubero's lyrics go on to mention "love for the fatherland," "brotherhood," "glory," "democracy" and "peace." The Olympic Committee plans to petition Congress to approve the lyrics.

But the choice of words was not to everyone's liking, with some seeing it as a throwback to the Franco regime. One Socialist politician called it "antiquated" while the head of the United Left coalition said the words "stink."

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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